What Does Chaga Look Like? That's Not Chaga!


What Does Chaga Look Like? That's NOT Chaga!

What does Chaga look like?

Chaga Mushrooms are in fact a white rot fungus attacking the heartwood of the tree. They can grow on many different species of trees in the forest and can easily be mistaken for other types of fungi or growth.  Before we understand what chaga looks like, let's start by identify what Fool's chaga looks like.  Below are examples of tree growths that are often miskin for chaga mushroom. 

 

Not Chaga - corky bark disease

Corky Bark Disease - NOT Chaga Mushroom

Not Chaga Mushroom

Tree Burl - NOT Chaga Mushroom!

NOT Chaga Mushroom

The Truth About Chaga Capsules

chaga capsules

Chaga Mushroom Capsules are convenient but don't offer any medicinal benefits. Don't get trapped by a quick fix or 'Instant' results. Finds out why most Chaga Capsules are Fake. Read More

Tree Rot - NOT Chaga Mushroom

NOT Chaga Mushroom

Tree Rot - NOT Chaga Mushroom

 NOT Chaga Mushroom

The Truth about Extracted Chaga Powder

extracted chaga powder
There is a lot of sales and marketing surrounding Chaga and other mushrooms now available in capsule form, easy to take ‘extracted’ powder' or 'instant' chaga.  When we fall prey to convenience we often overlook or dismiss a harsher truth; are we sacrificing quality for convenience?  Read More

Fool's Chaga - NOT Chaga Mushroom

NOT Chaga Mushroom

Cherry Tree Wound - NOT Chaga Mushroom

NOT Chaga Mushroom

Strange Diseased Growths - NOT Chaga Mushroom

As you can see there are many different growths that can easily be mistaken for Chaga Mushroom.  Be mindful of what you take from the forest and ensure that it is in fact the correct polypore fungus.  If you are not sure -  leave it be.  Just like any forest mushroom use caution before you decide to ingest.

What does Chaga look like?

chaga mushroom

Heather and blair from annanda chaga holding chaga mushroom
how to dry chaga mushroom
chaga mushroom on tree
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